Cheeky Kid has been watching anime and reading manga for as long as he can remember. Doing so takes him to different worlds.
Something tells me you enjoy survival battles. I know because Darwin’s Game is exactly that! Well, time is of the essence, so let’s not waste any of it.
In this list, I’ve compiled five anime similar to Darwin’s Game. Most of them are ferocious and merciless, so I hope you're ready for them. Also, these recommendations are survival-themed. Once you begin watching them, it’ll be difficult to interrupt you, so prepare for your viewing as you see fit. May you survive and have a blast!
Are you planning to bail out? Well, it's too late. The survival exhibition starts now!
Anime Similar to ‘Darwin's Game’
- Deadman Wonderland
- Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
- Ueki no Housoku (The Law of Ueki)
Are you seriously into gruesome survival games? Do you enjoy deriving thrill from action-intense deathmatch battles? Well, Btooom! has your back!
Imagine playing your favorite first-person shooter game. One moment, you’re having mad fun massacring all your enemies in the virtual world. Then another moment, you’re experiencing the same exact game in real life. Crazy, right? But this is actually Ryouta’s reality in Btooom! In a stroke of misfortune, he suddenly finds himself in a real-life survival game featuring his favorite bomb-themed video game.
Btooom! is intensely action-packed and savage. It really plays like a bloody survival game. If you lose, you die. If you win, you get to enjoy your prize albeit not without trauma. I guess no one wins in these kinds of scenario. It’s a good thing we’re just spectators. Now sit back and enjoy the thrills and horrors of this survival anime!
2. Deadman Wonderland
There’s no such thing as too young when it comes to going to prison in Deadman Wonderland. That’s right, Deadman Wonderland is a high-security prison that also serves as an amusement park during the day. It all seems to be fun and games on the outside until you discover what’s actually going on inside.
Poor Ganta is an average-looking school boy who suddenly finds himself in a brutal situation. His whole class is slaughtered by a mysterious “Red Man” only for him to take the blame. Thus, he ends up in Deadman Wonderland, leading him to a grisly world of injustice, blood, and death.
Deadman Wonderland is a horrific survival action anime that’s high on adrenaline and madly stimulating. Its construct is arrestingly unique although it could have been better. Still, it offers an exhilarating experience given that you’ve got a considerable interest in high-edge action involving blood and madness.
Gantz may be quite aged, but it’s still relevant in that it still spawns descendants at present in the form of CGI sequels and live-action shows. That is why I’m putting it side-by-side with Darwin’s Game.
I can’t help but remember Gantz whenever I see the characters from Darwin’s Game tearing down one another in a survival game, and get obliterated piece-by-piece whenever they lose or get teleported. It’s almost like the mysterious Black Sphere from Gantz is at play. Nevertheless, it’s clear that Gantz offers more despair and wretchedness. After all, it puts heavy focus on its enigmatic sci-fi horror aspect.
Apparently, Gantz leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to plot and character development. It’s best to keep your expectations low when dealing with those elements. However, the freakish gore and brutality of this show truly burns a mark in the mind. Now, enough with the questions else the Black Sphere takes you.
4. Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
For some reason, Kaname and Shuka from Darwin’s Game reminds me of Yukiteru and Yuno from Mirai Nikki. These character pairings are so similar, yet also not quite. But then again, if we’re just talking about which of the two shows is superior, then it’s Mirai Nikki, hands down!
Mirai Nikki is actually one of my favorite psychological action thrillers. The way it handles its crazy twists and psycho skirmishes is truly superb. I remember being on the edge of insanity as I watched each and every episode of it. I felt absorbed, emotionally invested, and mind-blown. The plot, the characters, the circumstances, the battle of wits and wills—they all become a part of you somehow.
I’m telling you now, Mirai Nikki is super intense! It offers a thrilling experience like no other, so once you run it, there won’t be any stops waiting for you. Don’t fret because I assure you that if you survive, the reward will be monumental.
5. Ueki no Housoku (The Law of Ueki)
I know you have many questions about why Ueki no Housoku is on this list, but please bear with me for a moment.
First of all, Ueki no Housoku is dismally underrated! It’s more than a decade old now, but I think it deserves attention. It features a vicious survival game that looks fun on the outside, but is actually serious and profound on the inside. Second, this anime is a shounen anime. That’s correct, this is the reason why this show isn’t bloody and gory. In exchange, it offers a lot of good values, inspiration, and moral lessons. Lastly, this isn’t your usual battle-fest of a show. For a shounen anime, this show actually uses wits, strategies, and tactics, making it way better and finer than many other shows from the same genre.
I can’t recommend Ueki no Housoku highly enough. It’s wondrously interesting how it builds upon its power mechanics and character dynamics. It’s intriguing that its main character’s power is to turn trash into trees. How he uses this quirky power—that’s up for you to discover. Now that you’ve learned about this anime, it’s time to try it and give it the attention it truly deserves.